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Isawa Masahiro

Isawa Masahiro

Isawa Masahiro

Type: Character
Cost: 3
Military Skill: 3
Political Skill: 2
Glory: 2
Clan: Phoenix
Shugenja. Fire.
Action: During a [Fire] conflict, bow this character. Choose a participating character with printed cost 2 or lower – discard that character.
“The kami are my allies. How can you hope to stand against me?”
Deck: Dynasty
Number: 90
Illustrator: Polar Engine
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Benjoewoo – 3/5
3 fate for a 3/2 isn’t terribly inefficient. He’s assassinate on a stick at a loss of up to 3 force instead of 3 honor, which is probably worse, but he’s Shugenja and unique, the former of which is important to Phx and the latter can be conditionally better than not being unique for generating value.
Kingsley – 3/5
This guy would be an amazing card in other games, but here he's merely okay thanks to the impermanence of most characters. However, he's a bit better than you might think since (like many Phoenix Shugenja) his ability is live even when he's not in the conflict.
Grendel – 3/5
His ability causing him to trade down is somewhat disappointing, but against some factions it can be very powerful.
I Fight Dragons – 3/5
At first glance, Masahiro’s ability seems quite overpowered, potentially being an Assassination every turn that there’s a Fire conflict; however, having to bow as a cost for the effect and the general ease of playing around this ability means it acts as more of a deterrent than an actual removal effect. Still Masahiro has decent stats and is a unique Shugenja so he’ll likely make most Phoenix lists for at least a little while. 
nyxnyxnyx - 3/5
Another 3 for 3/2/2. I don’t quite like this card, mostly because Assassination being a thing prevents people from dumping too much fate on 2-cost characters anyway. That you have to bow him, and also choose a participating character and have it all be during a Fire conflict makes it super niche as well. You’d probably still play him as a ‘vanilla’ 3/2 with the option to use his ability sometimes for lack of better options out of Core, but he’ll be on the chopping block really quick when the card pool grows.
Very good character. Recurring Honor-free Assassinate, excellent to defend the fire ring (the weak point of Phoenix clan). Can also be a good attacker.
    • Antaiseito likes this

I really like the idea of this character, especially as long as phoenix is still on the keeper of water role. He was not ideal in times past, but perhaps he should be given more consideration as players move on to playing more 1s and 2s as the card pool expands. The real thing this is waiting for is a seeker of knowledge that adds the fire element to the ring on offense. 

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